Now Playing: Young Thug

When someone first prompted me to listen to a one, “Young Thug,” I laughed in his face. Literally. I thought it was a joke. I thought we were done with the “Young’s” or “lil’s” but clearly I was wrong. Even as I listen to him now, I’m still confused as to my true feelings towards his latest album.

First let’s look at the fact that his most recent mixtape was dropped as “Barter 6,” when just days before it was titled, “Carter 6.” If you’re thinking that sounds familiar, it’s because it does. Lil’ Wayne’s previous five albums are titled “The Carter” followed by the appropriate album number. It was all very weird. I’m still not over it.

Regardless, I promised myself that I would listen to each track at least 10x before making a decision (I wish this was an exaggeration). While it took a little longer than expected, I came to the conclusion that I enjoy about 60% of the album, give or take. I went through the many phases of “oh-my-god his voice is SO f*cking annoying,” “why does EVERY track sound the same?” and “what in God’s name is he even saying?” It was not easy giving this kid a chance (he’s only 22- a child), but it was semi-worth it in the end. Let me break it down:

One of my favorite songs is “Can’t Tell” and it definitely has to do with the fact that he collaborated with T.I. who I do not hate. The song has a good beat and the three rappers (also collaborated with Boosie) mesh well together. Granted, this track is probably the most mainstream on the album, an obvious people pleaser. Guess what? It did the job.

Another classic is “Constantly Hating” in which Young collaborated with Birdman (another Lil’ Wayne reference, continuing to make the whole situation weirder). This is just your classic haters-gon-hate track that is necessary for every artist to recreate. Young just wants to know if you’re going to do something about it, or “turn to a pussy” and let the haters do their thing. Personally, I would go T Swift on them and shake it off, but that’s just me. I’d be interested to hear a collab between the two…

His most popular track, “Halftime” has a following for a good reason. It has a sick beat and he has a smooth free-style flow throughout it, regardless of the fact that I had to actually google 40% of the lyrics because I had zero idea what he was saying. It sounds like 4 different beats thrown together, but in a strangely cohesive manner. It’s weird but it works.

It’s decent shit. I don’t hate his voice anymore and I do crank it up in my car from time to time. By all means, you could 100% go through the rest of your life without hearing “Thugger” (apparently that’s a thing) and be pretty content with everything. But it’s worth a listen, or ten…



Now Playing: The Queen

Beyoncé, DUH!!

Did you really think I’d be posting about anything else? If you have been living under a rock for the past month, then I guess you haven’t heard that Beyoncé wow-ed everyone by dropping her latest visual album, “Beyoncé” without telling a SOUL! Her self-titled record went live on iTunes after she made a Facebook announcement and people haven’t stopped downloading since.

2013 has been the “Year of Beyoncé.” Let’s just do a little recap of what 2013 brought for her:

  • Superbowl XLVII Halftime show AND a Destiny’s Child reunion on stage
  • An HBO Documentary about her life and how awesome she is, that she directed and produced
  • After getting shit for pre-recording the national anthem at Obama’s inauguration, she belted out the tune, acapella style, at the Superbowl press Conference. Take that!
  • “The Mrs. Carter World Tour,” which consisted of 132 total performances
  • A Grammy for “Love on Top”
  • Contract to become the new face of H&M
  • Numerous magazine covers, including US & British Vogue
  • The crown title of #1 Hottest Woman of the 21st Century by GQ magazine (no big deal, it’s not like there are 986 more years left)

Ok, that’s really not even the half of how fantastic 2013 was for her, but I don’t want this post to be a mile long. Amongst all of these amazing accomplishments, she also celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with Jay and Baby Blue’s first birthday. How adorable. Oh, and she also chopped off her fab locks, only to look even hotter than before.

If you haven’t purchased her newest album, I feel bad for you. Actually, I just think you’re dumb, but whatever.  If you don’t have the amazingness that is “Beyoncé,” then you only get to preview some of her legendary videos, as not all have been fully released. I can do my best to summarize, but it’s really not the same thing. At all.

Flawless (Aptly named)

I know when you were little girls
You dreamt of being in my world
Don’t forget it, don’t forget it
Respect that, bow down bitches

Hi. I’m 23 and I still want to be you/in your world.


Albeit this track came with some (disputed) backlash from NASA, it’s true message is clear: Life is short and anything can happen, so make meaning with the one you love while you can. Basically, we should all live life like we are at a carnival and have the best time ever. That’s what I got from it.

Pretty Hurts

But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs the surgery

This is probably my favorite song/video on her album.  We all know how harsh the media can be on body shape, especially that of women. In this video, Bey plays a beauty pageant contestant trying to reach the unobtainable: perfection.  She shows how much of a struggle it can be to fit this impossible mold that was created for women, and she couldn’t have done it any better. I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that 10 places down on the track list is “Flawless,” which is Beyoncé saying that she’s totally amazing just the way she is and the media can kiss her ass. You go Yoncé!

In one word, Beyoncé is FABULOUS. End of story. No question. Bye.

Now Playing: Kanye West


Kanye, Mr. West, Yeezy, The Louis Vuitton Don, Ye, Yeezus:

They are all one in the same: Kanye West. You may know him from his music, or from his famous relationship (and new baby North- I can’t even) with Kim Kardashian, or maybe from the 2009 VMA incident (it actually makes me cringe every time I watch). Clearly most people think Kanye is crazed, superficial and slightly narcissistic, and they are kind of right. Sure, he is a little out of whack, but hey, aren’t we all? Do we really need another boring artist who never stirs things up? I think he’s just keeping us all on our toes. But that’s not what this post is about; it’s about the music. Despite his crazy antics and slight anger problem, he’s actually extremely talented.

As you may know, I go through phases where I listen to one specific artist over and over…and over again. It’s an obsession and I will refuse to listen to anything else. My friends hate it. As of late, Kanye has been the subject of my OCD. When I heard him perform two songs from his latest album, “Yeezus” (yes, that is a combination of “Ye” and “Jesus”) on the finale of Saturday Night Live, I was taken aback by how intense and passionate he was about his music. Honestly, it was a little bit scary, but amazing at the same time (but more so scary).

After my revelation, I started re-listening to his whole discography: it was fabulous and well worth the hours I spent sitting in front of my computer. What struck me most were his lyrics. I love a good beat, but I’m a huge fan of understanding what the artist is trying to convey through his or her lyrics. Ye may talk a lot of shit, but I would too if my music was as good as it is. As someone who tends to shut himself away from the paparazzi (even when in a relationship with, tabloid Queen Kimmy K), he lets everything go in his songs. He speaks openly of the loss of his mother, growing up in Chicago, talking to Jesus (see below) and how killing’s some whack shit. Since the release of his first album, “The College Dropout” in 2004, he has grown into a stronger and significantly more talented artist (I really hope you see what I’m doing here). He’s turned into God, or “a” God (totally kidding, but like, I don’t think he is).

While his music career was getting crazy attention, he managed to make time to get involved in fashion and philanthropy (that makes his outbursts ok, right?). His love for fashion lead to the production of his own line, all while he teamed up with his late mother to create the “Kanye West Foundation” in order to battle dropout and illiteracy rates. He’s doing good for the community, people! Give this emotion-filled man a break! He’s clearly doing all he can with his time AND he is somehow handling the fact that he is going to be caring for a miniature version of Kim Kardashian. She got one of yo kids, got you for 18 years, Ye: guess you wished you listened to yourself back in 2005.

So he’s a little crazy and a little too much, but there is not doubt that he is going places. Baby on the hip and Kimmy on the arm; he’s got this shit.

That’s enough Mr. West, please no more today.